My Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired. Do I now have to leave?

Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired?

Q. Hello,

My friend’s Temporary Residence Status in Canada expired. He failed to apply for Restoration of his status within 90 days of his expired status. However, he was recently offered a new job in Canada with an approved Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.

Canada Immigration advised him to go back to the Philippines where he is from. Is this the correct advice? If so, how long will it take for him to get his Visa to return to Canada?

Thank you!


What to do if your Temporary Resident Status in Canada Expired

A.  When someone is in Canada as a temporary resident whether it’s for visitation, work or study and that status expires, there is a 90 day period within which to apply for Restoration of that status. This application can be made from within Canada. However, if the Restoration application is not made on time, then are no options other than making a Humanitarian and Compassionate application (if appropriate). In most cases, the applicant will indeed have to leave Canada and apply to a Canadian Embassy or Consulate from outside Canada. The problem is that the overseas Visa Post may refuse this application due to the fact that the applicant overstayed his or her status in Canada in the past. In other words, this past “immigration violation” could come back to haunt the applicant in any future application. It is therefore very important to show, in addition to the qualifications of the applicant, proof that there will be no future overstays or immigration violations despite mistakes made in the past. Not an easy hurdle to overcome.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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